These feature several times in William Holland’s Paupers & Pig Killers. Parson Holland objects to his servants going to collect them, and notices parishioners arriving at church with black mouths from eating them in pies. But they are more than just a pleasant outing for the locals:

“Few in Sunday School, all gone gathering Hurtleberries. All the children are now out every day gathering Hurtleberries for families provide for their clothing for the year. “

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